October 01, 2020

Catholic Bishops intervene in election dispute

Catholic Bishops have called for dialogue between the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and political parties to resolve the stalemate surrounding the award of the ballot papers printing tender to a Dubai-based firm, Al-Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company.

In a pastoral letter on elections, the clerics under the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) argue it would be important for the electoral body to discuss the printing job with everyone concerned to ensure the credibility of elections is intact.

“Transparency of the IEBC is so important. If there are doubts of any kind, they should be sorted out before elections. If the other side is not satisfied, the other side should give a chance for dialogue. If dialogue reaches a dead end, the whole thing should be cancelled,” indicated Bishop Cornelius Korir of Eldoret addressing the media on Tuesday (20/06/17).

The Mombasa Catholic Diocese Archbishop Martin Kivuva also called on Kenyans to elect leaders with integrity.

“The electorate should detest and refuse to be used by politicians. The electorate should reject, at the ballot box, any politician who inflicts fear in people,” said Kivuva, who is also the Vice Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC).

The Archbishop urged voters to elect leaders with integrity and shun tribalism when making their choices.

“The voter is the actual person who can give the final verdict that is why we are encouraging Kenyans to accept to do the right thing. We have heard people say; that guy is no good, but he is our thief. They are personalizing things that are not even part of our elections. Our appeal to the Kenyans is; vote for the good guy,” he said.

Others who attended the press conference were bishops Maurice Crowley (Kitale), Peter Kihara (Marsabit), James Wainaina (Murang’a) Paul Njiru (Embu) and Joseph Obanyi (Kakamega).

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